Cinco de Mayo @ Lone Star Taco Bar
You don’t need an excuse to scarf down a few Carnitas Pork Tacos at Lone Star Taco Bar, but when you have a legitimate fake holiday like Cinco de Mayo, it’s your duty to leave work early and do exactly that. Make sure you throw down a few cervezas and at least one shot of mezcal while you’re at it. Or you could head over to one of the Corona promotions happening in Faneuil Hall. Exactly.
Lone Star Taco Bar. 635 Cambridge St., Cambridge. All day/21+/$$. lonestar-boston.com
Shut it Down! Photo Exhibit @ Harriet Tubman Gallery
When the Black Lives Matter movement took off in 2014, Boston was one of many cities that saw political activists take to the streets chanting, “Hands up don’t shoot!” And, “Shut it down!” This photo exhibition captures the images of those protests and the people responsible for them. Community involvement and civil disobedience was the voice of the day, and during the exhibit partners will be invited to continue that engagement and discuss their impact.
Harriet Tubman Gallery. 566 Columbus Ave., Boston. 6pm/all ages/FREE. uses.org
Ben Folds @ Orpheum Theatre
The Ben Folds Five is no more, but we’ll always have Ben Folds, the man. With his recent release of eight “chamber rock” songs on the album So There, he’s plowing through his North American tour with wild abandon, tickling the ivory along the way. Now it’s Boston’s turn, and there are still tickets. The live shows are outstanding and won’t disappoint. Unless you hate the man. In that case, they absolutely suck.
Orpheum Theatre. 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston. 7:30pm/all ages/$47.80. crossroadspresents.com/orpheum-theatre
Mother’s Day Brunch @ The Burren
You can take your mother anywhere for Mother’s Day, but there’s only one Mother’s Day brunch at the Burren in Davis Square. With live music in the front and back room and a full traditional and Irish brunch buffet and menu, saddle up with a pint of Guinness and do shots of Jameson with old mum in between sets and slices of boiled ham. Take the Red Line there and make it a day out that she’ll remember, until she gets so drunk she forgets it all by Monday morning.
The Burren. 247 Elm St., Somerville. 10am-3pm/all ages/$. burren.com
3rd Street Blackout @ Somerville Theater
Based on the events that surrounded the power outages and chaos post-Hurricane Sandy in 2012, this comedic romp is a smart look at what happens after a catastrophe that cuts our modern ways of communication. Filmmakers Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf star in this indie flick as the couple Mina and Rudy, the two main characters that rely on their digital lives—until they cease to exist. The film runs all week.
Somerville Theater. 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 7:45pm/18+/$10. somervilletheatre.com
Major League Bocce @ Atlantic Beer Garden
The first rule of Major League Bocce is that you don’t discuss Major League Bocce. However, you can still play the shit out of it, and there’s still time to register for the spring league. Located at or near area bars around town that also serve as the post-play host complete with grub and cold beer, there’s surely a game near you on a night that fits your schedule. Post a flyer near the water cooler and put your team together STAT. No experience necessary.
Atlantic Beer Garden. 146 Northern Ave., Boston. 7pm/21+/$50. boston.majorleaguebocce.com